New York City's Influence On Latin Music : Alt.Latino Ben Lapidus, scholar and Grammy-nominated musician, explains New York's central role in developing Latin music across the U.S. and Latin America.
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New York City's Influence On Latin Music

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New York City's Influence On Latin Music

New York City's Influence On Latin Music

New York City's Influence On Latin Music

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Ben Lapidus discusses his novel New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990. Renee Klahr/NPR Illustration hide caption

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Ben Lapidus discusses his novel New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990.

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2021 is turning out to be a good year for books about Latin music. Just last month, we featured books by Leila Cobo and Betto Arcos about Latin pop music and the communities built through these musicians.

On this episode, I speak with Ben Lapidus, author of New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990. The deeply researched and resourced page-tuner puts the music we hear today into historical context. In the book, the scholar and Grammy-nominated musician posits that New York City and its Latin musicians have actually influenced in other countries across Latin America.

Curious to know more? I'll let Ben Lapidus explain and be warned: there will be a quiz!